Please join the PIBC Okanagan Interior Chapter for World Town Planning Day events including:
- A FREE virtual presentation by Ron Mattiussi on Lytton, BC: A Village at the Confluence of Climate Change and Cultures
- In-person socials in Penticton and Kelowna.
Please read below for full details on these events.
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PIBC Okanagan Interior Chapter - World Town Planning Day Lunch & Learn (Free ZOOM Webinar)
When: Nov 8, 2022, 12:00 PM
Topic: Lytton, A Village at the Confluence of Climate Change and Cultures
Speaker: Ron Mattiussi. Please scroll down below for speaker's biography.
The Village of Lytton, "Canada's Hot Spot," is located at the confluence of BC's two iconic rivers, the Thompson and the Fraser. The village site has been inhabited by the Nlaka'pamux for thousands of years. Until the fire, the Village was the service centre for surrounding First Nations. Lytton was also one of the earliest locations occupied by non-Indigenous settlers in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The town was founded during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858–59 . The Village has burned down three times in its history, fire is unavoidable, and the risks only increase due to climate change. Lytton is the home of the Nlaka'pamux people and always has been…how do you rebuild a village at the confluence of climate change and cultures?
Register in advance for this webinar:
Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323: 22.214.171.124 (Canada Toronto) or 126.96.36.199 (Canada Vancouver)
Meeting ID: 624 3049 0013
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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After the online lunch and learn, celebrate World Town Planning Day with the PIBC Okanagan Interior Chapter at the following locations:
Join us at Neighbourhood Brewing between 4:30pm and 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 8th.
Address: 187 Westminster Ave W, Penticton
Join us at The Office Brewery (upstairs) between 4:30pm and 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 8th.
Address: 890 Clement Ave, Unit 301, Kelowna
Speaker Biography - Ron Mattiussi
Ron’s professional planning career began with the Sault North Planning Board in Northern Ontario, he moved to Alberta as a consultant with A.E. LePage’s Research and Planning Division in Edmonton. Ron became a Planner with the Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Planning Commission in 1982, eventually becoming the Executive Director (CAO) in 1990.
Ron was appointed Director of the Planning and Development Services Department of the City of Kelowna on March 1, 1995. On June 1, 2006, Ron became the City of Kelowna's City Manager. During his time in Kelowna, he served as Director in the RDCO EOC for a number of emergencies including the 2003 firestorm and the major flooding of 2018.
After 22 years of service, including 11 as City Manager, Ron retired from the City of Kelowna on June 1, 2018. He is currently a consultant working with local government, the Province and the development industry. He has provided advice to the Alberta Government on the Wood Buffalo fire and the City of Grand Forks as interim CAO post flood. In September 2021 following the devastating fire in the Village of Lytton, Ron was asked by the Province of BC to help lead the Village of Lytton rebuild.
He received the Distinguished Member Award in 2016 and the President’s Award in 2018 from the Local Government Management Association.